The Impressive Benefits of Riding to Work in Brisbane

Some people ride to work just because it’s fun, but it provides so many other benefits, like increased wellbeing and convenience… And get this, it can reduce your risk of developing heart disease by almost half!

That’s pretty amazing…

But if you need more than just fun to get you on your bike, these impressive benefits are sure to get you cycling to work in Brisbane in no time.

Benefits of cycling to work infographic

Source – Queensland Government

Experience the outdoors: Brisbane is a beautiful city and enjoys wonderful weather all year round, but for the majority of us, working means 8 hours stuck inside a building. Riding to work allows you to get out and experience the outdoors and feel more alive. That’s extremely beneficial.

Improves overall physical health and fitness: Riding is a great aerobic activity, giving your lungs, blood vessels and heart a workout. It also offers other health benefits, including:

    • Improved joint mobility
    • Stronger bones
    • Increased cardiovascular fitness
    • Stronger heart muscles
    • Reduced resting pulse rate
    • Lower blood fat levels

As a result of these health benefits, cycling lowers your health risks: Research has found that riding to work can lower the risk of various health problems including heart disease and cancer. 

Improves strength: Cycling improves muscle strength, coordination and balance, and because it’s a low impact activity, it’s great for people with joint issues such as osteoarthritis. Allowing them to keep active without doing damage.

Supports positive mental health: Mensline Australia promotes cycling as one of the best exercise activities for positive mental health. Cycling offers exercise and exposure to the outdoors, this combination is especially beneficial in:

    • Improving mood due to the fun and wellbeing created from cycling, also known as the ‘cycling high’.
    • Better sleep. We all sleep a little better when we exercise regularly.
    • Improves memory by building new brain cells.
    • Promoting a new way of thinking which increase the feeling of wellbeing.

Time-saving: We all hate wasting time sitting in peak hour traffic. Riding to work avoids all that, it’s predictable, you reach your destination in the same amount of time every day. And for distances of under 5km, cycling can even be quicker than by car.

Money-saving: It’s easy to see that it’s much cheaper to buy and maintain a bicycle than a car. It also saves transport costs, riding a bicycle 10km each way to work each day will save about $1,700 per year in transport costs (including all running costs and depreciation)” – Queensland Government. 

Riding to work a couple of times a week provides all the exercise you need, so there’s no need to spend money on the gym.

Environmentally friendly: Requiring no petrol and producing no harmful emissions, cycling to work is a great way to do your bit for the environment.

If you’ve ever wanted to ride to work in Brisbane, this list of impressive benefits should give you the push needed to take the next steps and start seriously considering riding to work.

And if you’re wondering about bike storage options in Brisbane, contact the team at cycle2city, we have wonderful facilities right in the heart of Brisbane. Get in touch or GRAB A FREE 7 DAY TRIAL.

Don’t Try Riding To Work Without Reading This First

So you’ve seen them riding to work, and you want desperately to be one: the content cyclists, cruising past traffic and happily getting to work on time and getting fit at the same time.

They’re not at the mercy of the bus that may or may not show up, or stuck in time zapping traffic. They know when they cycle to work it takes the exact same time each day.

But before you get on your bike and join them, here’s a few key points that will make your first ride to work all the better:

Commute to work safely:

Safety is a major concern when cycling to work, but there are plenty of things you can do to make it safer for yourself, these include:

  • Stay alert
  • Know the cycling road rules for your state
  • Avoid busy roads
  • Take the bike path if possible, even if it’s a little longer
  • Take your time
  • Wear bright, highly visible clothing
  • Make eye contact with drivers and pedestrians
  • Be aware of vehicle blind spots
  • Maintain a roadworthy bike

Don’t go too hard too soon:

For a short ride, you could ride to and from work straight up. But as with anything, it’s a good idea to start out slow when riding to work for the first time….

Totally wasting yourself on your first day will only put you off ever riding again, and you’ll likely be unable to move properly for the next few days.

For longer commutes of 45 – 60 minutes, think about riding one way for the first day and building up your rides as you become fitter. Another option is to drive some of the way, park, and cycle the rest, making the ride more doable.

Wear bike pants:

You’ve seen them, those baggy bottomed pants cyclist wear…

Consider getting some!

There are plenty of stylish options out there and they’ll really make your ride much more comfortable.

Do a test ride:

Getting to know the route you’ll take to work ahead of the big day, will remove the fear of the unknown and provide confidence. 

If you don’t have the option to store your bike in your office or building, you can also test out where you’ll park your bike. Or you could look into ‘end of trip’ bike facilities like those offered by cycle2city in Brisbane. These facilities can make your ride absolutely hassle-free.  

Now you’re equipped with a little more knowledge to make your first ride to work a pleasure. For a deeper look at preparing to ride to work, check out our recent blog.

If you’re considering riding to work in Brisbane, contact the team at cycle2city, we have wonderful bike storage facilities right in the heart of Brisbane. Get in touch or GRAB A FREE 7 DAY TRIAL.